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New DVDs: ‘Night at the Museum’

Also new: ‘The Queen,’ ‘Deja Vu,’ ‘Planet Earth: The Complete Series’
/ Source: The Associated Press

“Night at the Museum”Ben Stiller seems to make a go of things no matter what job he takes around the holidays. Stiller follows up on his “Meet the Fockers” December smash by teaming with Robin Williams for this blockbuster comedy that helped carry Hollywood through the holidays last year. Stiller plays a divorced dad who takes a night watchman job at New York’s Museum of Natural History and learns that the dinosaur skeletons, wax figures of Attila the Hun and other displays come alive in the wee hours. Williams co-stars as the wax figure of Teddy Roosevelt, who becomes an adviser to Stiller’s character. The movie comes in a two-disc DVD set, a single-disc DVD and a single-disc Blu-ray release, all with commentary tracks from director Shawn Levy and the screenwriters. The two-disc DVD set also has deleted scenes with Levy commentary and a huge range of featurettes. Two-disc DVD set, $34.98; single-disc DVD, $29.98; Blu-ray disc, $39.98. (20th Century Fox) Read the review

“The Queen”

One of last year’s most-acclaimed films arrives in all its royal splendor, with Helen Mirren giving a remarkable performance in her Academy Award-winning role as Queen Elizabeth II. Mirren plays the monarch during the most trying week of her 50-year reign as Elizabeth copes with the unexpected backlash from British subjects over the royal family’s seeming indifference to the nation’s mourning over the death of Princess Diana in 1997. The supporting cast is brilliant, led by Michael Sheen as new Prime Minister Tony Blair and James Cromwell as Elizabeth’s haughty spouse, Prince Philip. The DVD and Blu-ray disc come with a making-of featurette and two commentary tracks, one with director Stephen Frears and screenwriter Peter Morgan, the other with British historian Robert Lacey, an expert on the royal family. DVD, $29.99; Blu-ray disc, $34.99. (Miramax) Read the review

“Deja Vu”


Denzel Washington stars in a crime thriller from two of Hollywood’s biggest action masters, producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Tony Scott. Washington plays a federal agent investigating a deadly ferry explosion in New Orleans, who is given access to a secret government lab that provides a window into the recent past so he can observe events leading up to the tragedy — and possibly prevent it. Along with deleted and extended scenes, the DVD and Blu-ray disc have a wide range of behind-the-scenes segments that examine the pyrotechnics used in the ferry explosion, the stunts and special effects, the filmmaking team and the practicalities of shooting in New Orleans. DVD, $29.99; Blu-ray disc, $34.99. (Disney) Read the review

TV on DVD:
“Planet Earth: The Complete Series”
— The monumental BBC nature series offers 11 episodes that span the globe to offer a look at the planet’s geologic history, climates, terrains, and vastly different wildlife from sea to land to mountaintop to subterranean realms. Each episode is accompanied by a behind-the-scenes featurette, and the set has a documentary examining the planet’s future prospects. The series comes in a five-disc DVD set and four-disc HD DVD and Blu-ray sets. DVD set, $79.98; HD DVD and Blu-ray sets, $99.98 each. (BBC)

“Tsunami: The Aftermath” — Tim Roth, Toni Collette, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Sophie Okonedo lead the cast in this miniseries dramatizing the devastating 2004 tsunami in Thailand. The two-disc set includes two featurettes. DVD set, $29.98. (HBO)

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“The Odd Couple: The First Season” — Slob Oscar (Jack Klugman) and finicky Felix (Tony Randall) are back in the 1970s TV spinoff of Neil Simon’s play and film about two divorced men sharing an apartment. The first 24 episodes come in a five-disc set, with episode introductions by producer Garry Marshall. DVD set, $42.99. (Paramount)

“Ironside: Season 1” — Raymond Burr stars as a police detective who must use a wheelchair after he’s shot by a sniper in the cop drama that ran from 1967-75. An eight-disc set has the first 28 episodes, along with the feature-length pilot movie. DVD set, $59.98. (Shout)

“The Drew Carey Show: The Complete First Season” — Comedian Carey was the star and co-creator of this sitcom that premiered in 1995 about a gang of friends and associates making their way through dead-end jobs and dull lives in Cleveland. A four-disc set packs the first 22 episodes. DVD set, $39.98. (Warner Bros.)

“WKRP in Cincinnati: The Complete First Season” — The sitcom that debuted in 1978 centers on wacky colleagues trying to breathe life into a third-rate radio station. The first 22 episodes come in a three-disc set. DVD set, $39.98. (20th Century Fox)

“One Day at a Time: The Complete First Season” — Bonnie Franklin stars as a single mom with teen daughters (Mackenzie Phillips and Valerie Bertinelli) in the sitcom that premiered in 1975. A two-disc set has the first 15 episodes. DVD set, $29.95. (Sony)

“Flipper: Season One” — TV’s favorite dolphin is back in the spinoff of the feature film that debuted in 1964, centered on the watery mammal, two boys and their dad, a Florida park ranger. A four-disc set has the first 30 episodes. DVD set, $39.98. (20th Century Fox)

“NCIS: The Third Season” — Mark Harmon resumes his duties as head of a team that investigates crimes involving the Navy and Marine Corps. Year three’s 24 episodes are included in a six-disc set. DVD set, $64.99. (Paramount)

“The New York Yankees: 1977 World Series” — A seven-disc set chronicles the journey of a championship team including Reggie Jackson, Thurman Munson, Lou Piniella and Sparky Lyle. The set includes all six World Series games against the Los Angeles Dodgers and game five of the Yankees’ American League series against the Kansas City Royals. DVD set, $69.95. (A&E)